In today’s day and age safety is a huge concern for many parents, especially when letting our little ones outside in the evening. On Halloween especially, we want our kids to enjoy the occasion but still be safe.
Staying together in a group is the #1 best way to achieve this balance. The more families go together, the merrier! Besides sticking together, we have some additional tips to keep you child safe this Halloween:
Always accompany your child while trick-or-treating.
If trick-or-treating with a large group of children, consider one or two extra chaperones and count each child when leaving each house to make sure no one gets left behind.
Avoid approaching or ringing the doorbell to any house with its outside lights turned off. This is typically a sign that the house is not welcoming trick-or-treaters.
Approach the house with the children. It is safer to accompany your child all the way to the door and remain with them as they receive candy/treats.
Speak with your child about not tampering with the neighborhood decorations, especially those that are large, obscure their view, or are potentially dangerous.
Encourage your child to eat their candy/treats when you all get back home.
Once home, inspect your child’s candy carefully to be sure it hasn’t been tampered with or anything inappropriate is hidden within.
If you see suspicious activity while out with your trick-or-treater, be sure to report it to the police.